Fuel from the Fields: A Case Study of Sugarcane Charcoal Technology in Petite Anse, Haiti
Amy Smith & Shawn Frayne, D-lab Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2004
This case study presents the MIT Charcoal Project during the early stages of
implementation in Haiti and uses it as an example for performing a stakeholder analysis. In Haiti, wood charcoal is
the primary source of cooking fuel, but its productioncontributes to deforestation and environmental degradation.
A team of researchers at MIT devised a method for producing charcoal that uses the waste material from sugar cane processing to make an alternative form of charcoal. This case outlines their experiences during the initial field trials in Petite Anse, Haiti and challenges students to identify stakeholders and propose appropriate implementation strategies.